Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea on Aug. 29, 2014. (OLIVER BLUETT/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Tavurvur erupted in eastern Papua New Guinea on Friday, spewing rocks and ash into the sky.

The Associated Press reported several communities have been evacuated. In a statement, authorities advised residents of the town of Rabaul to stay indoors to avoid falling ash. Some international flights have been diverted, Qantas Airlines told the AP. The ash cloud has altered the flight route between Sydney and Tokyo as well as Sydney and Shanghai.

Witnesses reported the volcano boomed repeatedly. (Jason Tassell/AP)

The volcano leveled Rabaul two decades ago. (OLIVER BLUETT/AFP/Getty Images)


Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea erupted for the first time since 2006 on Friday. The volcanic eruption on has prompted concern that ash clouds could disrupt air travel to Australia. (The Washington Post)